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Alexander Rossi in P3 of WSR Championship

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

Starting from 15th position, American Alexander Rossi produced a solid performance to finish 7th in race two of the World Series by Renault round at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium today.

After a difficult qualifying session this morning, where Rossi struggled with car set-up and admitted to not maximising his track time, Rossi lined up his Fortec Motorsport car in P15 on the grid for the afternoon’s race.

Alexander Rossi in P3 of WSR Championship

Once again Rossi made a great race start, keeping out of trouble when a first corner clash spun his team mate, Ramos, 360 degrees. Rossi moved up into P11 as the pack forged on to Eau Rouge and then he skilfully took Rosenzweig for 10th place on lap two where he ran until the pit stop window opened. His Fortec Motorsport team opted for an early stop strategy as they did in Aragon, and Rossi entered the pits as soon as the window opened on lap five. Re-joining the field in clean air, Rossi was soon able to capitalise on position gain and was running with good race pace in P7.

He then had to close the gap to Zampieri ahead, but with the leaders now running at similar speeds and due to his early pit stop, Rossi was struggling as his tyres dropped away in the closing stages, making it impossible for him to achieve a realistic challenge for P6.

Rossi took the chequered flag at the end of the 22-lap race in P7, as he did in race one, and picked up a further six Championship points to bring his tally to 55, with the Fortec Motorsport team now on 67 points. Rossi now sits in P3, only two points behind today’s race winner Jean-Eric Vergne, with his Fortec team in P2 in the World Series by Renault FR3.5 Championships.

Alexander Rossi commented; “We made a lot of changes overnight – some good, some not so good – but I did not maximise some of my laps in qualifying and probably could have found a few more tenths which cost us a few positions, but I will learn from that. My race start was good and after the pit stop we showed some genuine pace, which is really positive. As we stopped early though, my tyres were quite gone by the last few laps, so I could not improve on my times in the last stint. However, it was a good weekend for us and we will take away these experiences and move on. We cannot get too disappointed about our results this weekend, but we have to move forward significantly as the Championship is quite tight.”

Jamie Dye, Team Manager, Fortec Motorsport, added; “Our pace in the race was good and the lap times were there. Catching and passing the other cars is another thing, however, and that is what we have to work on again for our cars in the next race. If we were getting a tow in the fast parts of the track Alexander was able to pass, but we were losing out in the slow parts. We obviously have some fine tuning to do to get more out of the car, but Alexander drove a great race, and to finish 8 seconds behind the leader after starting P15 is a very good overall achievement. We have some small tweeks coming for Monza which will help, but the Carlin’s are doing a mega job, so we shall be working towards closing the gap technically as quickly as we can.”

Next round takes place within two weeks at Monza

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

Brazilian Cesar Ramos, driver of Fortec Motorsport, has not completed the second race today (1st of May), which closed the second round of the World Series by Renault 2011 season at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. After achieving a good grid position (sixth place), the Brazilian took one touch on the first turn, spun and dropped to last. Ramos still remained on the track, but retired after the pit stop, completing 14 of 22 laps.

Next round takes place within two weeks at Monza

Frenchman Jean Eric Vergne (Carlin), who started on pole position, was the winner. His teammate, Canadian Robert Wickens (winner on Saturday), came in second and remained in the championship lead, now with 71 points. New Zealander Chris van der Drift finished third, completing the podium in Belgium.

The weekend, which started very good for Cesar Ramos, who recorded the fastest time in free practice on Friday, ended without the expected results. In the race on Saturday, after being frustrated by red flags in the qualifying and not having a good balance of the car on the race, the driver came in 13th and scored no points.

On Sunday, the balance of the car has improved, the driver achieved the sixth time in qualifying, but the crash at the start put an end in his pretensions for the race.

“The balance of the car in qualifying was very good. Unfortunately, soon after the start, I took a touch behind into the first corner and spun. I’ve just got back to the track after everyone had passed. The car was quite fast, but our chances had gone. I made the mandatory pit stop, came back to the track in 23rd place, but I was involved in an incident with Sergio Canamasas and had to retire”, said the rookie.

“It was a shame not having earned points here at Spa today mainly because the car was very good. But now we must think about the next step in Monza, where I went well in private testing and got victories for Italian F-3”, finished the Brazilian, Italian champion in the last year at Monza.

Past four races, Ramos is in 12th place in the standings with 12 points. In round 1, in Spain, he won a pole and was fourth in the second race.

Cesar Ramos has some problems, but achieves the Rookies Podium in the 1st race at Spa

Red flags during the qualifying and some problems with the set up of the car plagued Brazilian Driver

The result of the 1st race, on Saturday, at the Belgian circuit of Spa-Francorchamps, did not bring the expected result to Brazilian Cesar Ramos driver. After leading the free practice on Friday (29), the driver of Fortec Team was in good expectation for the race. However, red flags during the qualifying plagued the driver, who finished 14th on the grid. During the race, Ramos still had problems with the balance of the car and crossed the finish line in 13th position.

The winner of the 1st race was Canadian Robert Wickens (Carlin Team), who started on pole and completed 22 laps in 46min34s016. Wickens also took the championship lead with 53 points. Frenchman Jean Eric Vergne was the second in the race and Spanish Albert Costa was the third.

In the Rookies championship, Ramos came to the podium as second best, behind his teammate, the American Alexander Rossi, the seventh in the race. The 2nd race will be contest on Sunday (1).

“In qualifying, I was among the top 10 using the first set of new tires. When we put the second set, there were several red flags on the track, I could not have a clean lap”, said.

“I started at 14th place, I lost some positions on the first lap and finished 13th. Unfortunately, the car balance was not good, it was understeering and was difficult to drive. I did the best I could, but could not maintain the pace to try to get ahead”, completed Ramos.
“Now it’s working hard, getting the set up of the car better, to try to have a best result tomorrow”, conclude Ramos, which is in the eighth place in the overall standings of the championship after three races.

No luck in Spain

Sunday, March 20th, 2011